This all started with an image I’ve seen of students in the US with large nets chasing butterflies. It seemed so otherworldly. Then, years later, I started thinking about it more.
The way I like to see it is that I don’t think they meant to keep the butterflies. To me they were like sport fishermen who didn’t keep their catch, who fished only for recreation, to be in nature and empty their mind.
So then chasing butterflies was a way of chasing the moment, enjoying the ride with those butterflies nets in hand, the glimpse of a colorful butterfly zigzagging in the air, and the moment of seeing it up-close; and then enjoying the moment of releasing the butterfly, seeing it disappear into the thin air it came from.
Living in the moment, in other words. That’s what this article is about.